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mightymewtron Certified Weird Girl from sout park Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Certified Weird Girl
Oct 18th 2020 at 3:05:33 PM

As discussed here, Does This Remind You of Anything? has a staggering amount of misuse, and it's been decided a cleanup thread would be a good place to start. Since it's such a popular trope, a long-term thread seemed like the best option.

For a place to start, there's DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything.Western Animation, which seems to have some Getting Crap Past the Radar-esque vibes of "This kids' show is actually really adult and deep" even when many of these metaphors are simply audience readings.

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Oct 18th 2020 at 3:31:06 PM

[up] How do we determine what's just an audience reading and what isn't?

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Oct 18th 2020 at 3:32:42 PM

I think the first thing we need is to actually define the trope. At least, that's what I need. I've seen so much misuse and the name and laconic as both so vague that I'm never sure what actually is an example.

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Certified Weird Girl
Oct 18th 2020 at 3:35:17 PM

Well, that's what makes the trope a bit difficult, isn't it?

Personally if it's something very unlikely for the genre and doesn't give enough supporting context that suggests multiple factors to the synonym, like a Lampshaded Double Entendre, then I'm wary. Like, I saw a Fairly OddParents example that said Crocker shouting "FAIRIES!" is meant to look like an orgasm, which is very much not true. There's also the issue of how much of the scene is a metaphor and how much is literal. "Abusive friendship symbolizes abusive relationship" is okay, "abusive friendship symbolizes abusive friendship" is not.

EDIT: Ninja'd, but I agree, which is why I sent it to TRS first. The trope is kind of vaguely defined.

Edited by mightymewtron on Oct 18th 2020 at 6:35:51 AM

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Oct 18th 2020 at 4:33:04 PM

TBH, I still think this needs TRS work done. Less than a third of the wicks in the wick check used the trope properly, and the title is still vague.

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Oct 18th 2020 at 8:04:02 PM

Judging from the misused examples on the wickcheck list, there must be tons of easy-to-spot targets to clean up. I would leave questionable examples alone though.

mightymewtron Certified Weird Girl from sout park Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Certified Weird Girl
Oct 18th 2020 at 8:11:40 PM

Hence why I linked the Western Animation page. Like, this example is an obvious shoehorn.

There's no metaphor here. Insulting somebody's face is just as common an insult as insulting their mom. If the context obviously stands on its own without any additional subtext, then chances are it isn't this trope.

Edited by mightymewtron on Oct 18th 2020 at 11:11:51 AM

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mightymewtron Certified Weird Girl from sout park Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Certified Weird Girl
Jan 5th 2021 at 9:29:01 PM

The Nightmare Before Christmas:

I think the midlife crisis thing is just what's happening at face value without any metaphor, and is thus a circular example. The second entry sounds valid, though.

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Jan 8th 2021 at 12:37:22 PM

Found this on Kill la Kill. These are mostly just the ones that are sexual metaphores, except for the second one.

  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • When Ryuko first finds Senketsu, he tries to undress her and force her to wear him. Then the camera pulls back and we can see him ripping off her clothes while she protests, and then she explodes with power:
      Ryuko: Stop! Ahhh!
      Senketsu: That's better! I'm a perfect fit!
      Ryuko: Ahhh! Stop it!
    • Satsuki putting Junketsu on for the first time. Considering Satsuki's father described it as her "wedding dress"... The undertones become much, much creepier when Ragyo Mind Rapes Ryuko and she has a vision where she's standing beside a faceless groom at a chapel while in a wedding dress. Did we mention that Junketsu is being sewed to her skin while this is happening? Yeah...
    • Tsumugu standing over Ryuko with one foot between her thighs and ordering her to strip in Episode 5.
    • In Episode 8, Gamagoori uses his Combat Sadomasochist powered-uniform, and remarks that the "punishment makes it bigger and harder." He may not have just been talking about his uniform. Mako even calls him a "pervert" in response. He even states that once he absorbs a certain amount of damage, he'll "climax". Aaaaand the resulting explosion rather fits this description. Even during the damage absorption process Gamagoori sounds rather......excited by the damage inflicted upon him, screaming to "punish" him more.
    • The members of Nudist Beach holster their guns in front of their crotches, with the barrel facing down. At one point, Aikuro is holding a giant Tailor's Dagger at crotch height and offers it to Tsumugu, who takes hold of it very deliberately, and pulls it out of its sheath.
    • In Episode 18, Ragyo beats the hell out of Satsuki and takes Junketsu from her by stroking her crotch, followed by an explosion which leaves Satsuki unconscious. In other words, she stole her "purity".
    • Nudist Beach's already decidedly phallic battleship turning into a "naked blade" form and penetrating the Primordial Life Fibre's cocoon.
    • In Episode 24, Ragyo powers up Shinra-Koketsu using a dress made of a merged Nui and the Primordial Life Fiber, and the noise she makes whilst taking off sounds very much like she's having an orgasm. Her speech at the time — "You feel amazing to wear, Nui!" — lends credence to this.
    • And then there's the giant Life Fiber transmission tower that is, ahem, "disciplined" by Gamagoori, and proceeds to shoot liquid out the top. And was protected by a "big rubber barrier".
    • The ending scene of the episode where the whole of Honnouji Academy are lying naked in a pile has Satsuki and Jakuzure lying next to each other, with Jakuzure's hand in a...suspicious position, to say the least.

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Jan 13th 2021 at 1:24:45 PM

The TRS thread chose to define Does This Remind You of Anything? as a deliberate, non-tautological reference to something in Real Life; the criteria (drafted here) would likely be similar to the Expy cleanup thread.

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mightymewtron Certified Weird Girl from sout park Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Certified Weird Girl
Mar 3rd 2021 at 1:13:34 PM

From The Good Place (season 3 spoiler I guess):

Is this really symbolic of anything in particular, or just a means of conveying this argument about capitalism? Capitalism still exists in this world and gets criticized on the show several times.

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Mar 9th 2021 at 11:54:05 AM

I have an example on Fate of the Clans. I checked the criterea and I'm pretty sure it fits, but could someone please check just in case? I need to know if I should delete it.

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Certified Weird Girl
Mar 9th 2021 at 1:58:43 PM

This is it from the edit page.

  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Cú Chulainn bites the side of Mikoto's neck and starts drinking his blood. Mikoto was the one who asked the Servant to do it, however, as it's a way for Cú Chulainn to replenish his mana. Misaki points out what it resembles.
    Misaki: He's not preyin' on the King like a vampire?

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